Statement: Exodus is an exploration of the most significant migrations of the early 21st Century. As the ability of humans, goods and services to circumnavigate the planet increases exponentially we are left disconnected from a simple view of our common identity. Indeed, as our economic and geo-political differences intensify, the unstoppable movement and expansion of actual and digital assets challenge the power of the individual in society, the state and corporations to control opinions, actions and environments. Exodus provokes questions concerning the biggest changes in contemporary society through large-scale representations of the key themes that influence globalisation in the modern world.
Lyon (b.1965) is a British artist. He studied political science at Leeds and leadership at Harvard. His career began with Amnesty International working on commissions concerning street children in Latin America, Africa and Asia. He has an international reputation as a landscape and portraiture artist and has photographed notable public figures including the last 4 British PM’s and Queen Elizabeth II. His work is held by significant private and public institutions including the Smithsonian, Saatchi Gallery, Art Institute of Chicago and MAMRio. His most recent works on urban expansion, Brazilian identity, mass migration and modern dance have been shown globally.